A Springtime Sensory Walk for Kids

Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStongHome. This season, why not embark on a springtime sensory walk with your kids? You don’t have to look far for signs of spring. Warmer temps, a bit of green. The return of the birds. And rain showers, of course! We couldn’t help but get the hop on […]

Easter Bunny Printable for Kids

Trying to get some chores done this morning? Download our Easter Bunny printable for your kids, and enjoy a few moments of quiet, creative down time. Gather up your crayons, markers, or colored pencils and start coloring. For some extra fun, add some glue and cotton balls to create a fuzzy little friend! You can […]

Top 10 Craft Ideas for National Craft Month

In honor of National Craft Month, we rounded up our blog’s top 10 craft ideas OF ALL TIME. There’s a project for everyone: indoor & outdoor enthusiasts, readers & non-readers, and Neat Nancys & Messy Marvins alike. Plus — as always — tons of smiles, giggles, and learning are sure to go along with all […]

5 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

St. Patrick’s Day probably has you thinking of hunting for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, yes? Well, we’ve rounded up 5 easy St. Patrick’s Day crafts that involve rainbows, coins, and even a color scavenger hunt! Enjoy! 1. Easy Rainbows For a quick way to have kids create their beautiful rainbows, let […]

Rainbow Rice Sensory Activity

Sensory projects are the perfect activity to focus and calm children. In addition to creating sensory bins, an activity using a variety of materials that children can manipulate with their hands is also a fun after-school or weekend craft. This rainbow rice sensory activity is a quick and easy project, plus you can use the rice in a […]

Spring Matching Printable

Spring is here! With so many fun holidays happening over the next few weeks, we thought you’d enjoy this free Spring Matching printable! First, download the sheet by clicking on the image sample below, or by clicking on this link. Next, ask your child to color the sheet however they would like! Then, ask your child […]

Inventive Activities and Treats to Help Celebrate Albert Einstein’s Birthday!

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein! Share special time with your child and celebrate the most famous scientist of all time with some easy treats and silly activities for kids that won’t wear out your brain. Get Reading! Celebrate Albert Einstein for his birthday with an age-appropriate book about familiar inventions and the original “nutty professor.” A few to try: Brown, […]

Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt

This post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (TheIowaFarmersWife). To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and rainbows in general), I created a Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt for my kids using Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads. Both of my kids, who are 3 and 17 months, had fun with this activity while working on the […]

Shape Sorting Clock: 4 Play Activity Ideas

Is your child ready to explore how time works, different shapes, number recognition, counting and the names of different colors? Then it’s probably time to play with a Melissa & Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Clock! With bright colors, a slim design, and lightweight pieces, this sturdy wooden clock learning toy is a perfect tool to help preschoolers start to understand basic […]